J. C. C. Russell

One of the few members of Kings county bar, who is a native of the Golden state, is J. C. C. Russell, who has offices in the First National Bank building at Hanford. Mr. Russell was born Jan­uary 8, 1868, in Merced county, seven miles south of the site of Merced, a son of J. C. C. Russell, Sr., and his wife, Sophia M., who was a daughter of Dr. T. 0. Ellis. The latter was a pioneer in Tulare and Fresno counties and once prominent as a physician.

The elder Russell, a native of Winchester, Tenn., came to Cali­fornia in 1849, when he was eighteen years old, and after mining for a while, went to Los Angeles, where he remained until April, 1857, when he settled in Mariposa, within the present limits of Merced county. ' Here he homesteaded government land, which he improved and on which he farmed and raised stock until his death, which occurred September 30, 1891. His son, J. C. C. Russell, grew up and began his education in the public schools, continuing it in the high school at Oakland, where he was graduated July, 1886. The succeeding two years he spent in farming, then entered the University of California, where he was graduated in 1895. Mean­while, in his spare time, he was a student in a law school at San Francisco, and such good use of his opportunities did he make that he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Cali­fornia, January 9, 1894. After an English course, in which he graduated in 1895, he began the practice of his profession in San Francisco, where he remained for over two years, and then moved to Mariposa, but after a residence of not quite two years there he came to Hanford, September 14, 1897. In 1898 he established him­self here in the general practice of his profession, which he has continued till the present time with much success, winning a high place at the bar and an enviable standing in the public repute.

Socially, Mr. Russell affiliates with the Foresters, the Eagles, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Native Sons of the Golden West, the Degree of Honor, the Woodmen of the World and the Modern Woodmen of America. On June 13, 1903, he mar­ried Gwendolyn Darnell, a daughter of Mrs. Clara E. Myers, and they have a daughter, Mercedes.

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